Many have asked over the months since the Cardinals traded cornerback A.J. Jefferson to the Vikings at the end of August. Thanks to my friend Tom Pelissero, erstwhile Vikings guru, those trade results have been finalized. Ultimately, the trade was Jefferson and the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick in 2013 for the Tennesee Titans’ 2013 6th-round pick, which the Vikings had previously acquired.
Considering the Cards were on the verge of cutting Jefferson (and the league knew the Cards were corner-heavy) when the trade went down, moving up a round wasn’t a bad result. It gives the Cards, at least before the compensatory picks are doled out, seven total draft picks covering the first six rounds of the draft.
Tags: AJ Jefferson, draft, Titans, trade, Vikings
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As expected the Cardinals are bringing in 10 undrafted rookie free agents. Many names have already been floated out there, but here’s the official list:
- WR Juamorris Stewart (Southern)
- RB Alfonso Smith (Kentucky)
- QB Max Hall (BYU)
- T Casey Knips (South Dakota St.)
- WR Stephen Williams (Toledo)
- CB AJ Jefferson (Fresno St.)
- T Devin Tyler (Temple)
- C David Moosman (Michigan)
- WR Max Komar (Idaho)
- CB Marshay Green (Mississippi)
The Cardinals are also bringing in two guys for minicamp on a tryout basis: WR Deryn Bowser and CB Justin Miller. Miller was a second-round pick in 2005 with the Jets and also has been with the Raiders. Bowser played at Akron this past season.
The look at Miller gives perspective of what the Cardinals are searching for cornerback support, if they actually sign a veteran. They aren’t going to chase a “name” free agent because they believe Greg Toler will be the starter. They want a veteran to serve in a reserve role, and many “name” guys would be looking to start I would think — and at least get some starter money.
The same goes with G Alan Faneca. GM Rod Graves told me this morning the Cardinals will likely touch base with Faneca’s agent, but I didn’t get the sense this is something the Cards will push for. The way I see it, Faneca definitely will be looking to start and I don’t think the Cards feel that’s the best direction to go in right now. If nothing else, it may spark Deuce Lutui to finally sign his tender offer, because at this point he surprisingly hasn’t and remains away from the team as minicamp approaches.
Tags: AJ Jefferson, Alan Faneca, Alfonso Smith, Casey Knips, David Moosman, Deryn Bowser, Deuce Lutui, Devin Tyler, Greg Toler, Juamorris Stewart, Justin Miller, Marshay Green, Max Hall, Max Komar, Stephen Williams
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